Functional Hand Strength

Functional Hand Strength

John Wood's Blog of hard training and unusual strength development



New Log Bar Training Guide Cover

Here's a look at the cover that we may end up using for the re-done new edition of Dr. Kens's Log Bar Training Guide. We are still looking at a few different options so we may or may not use this version (although I think this one looks great.) Regardless, it is going to be first class all the way and contain a lot of intense training info, workouts etc etc.

If you want one, well, it's free with a Log Bar purchase so you know what you have to do. And speaking of that, the clock is ticking if you want your own Log Bar to arrive in time for Christmas. I can guarantee it will be there ONLY if you order sometime this week and that means before 5 pm this Friday.

If you want to take action immediately, here's the new T2 Log Bar and the Original Black Finish. For more information on Log Bars and what they can do for your training please check out our Log Bar Resource Page.

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Return of the Iron Suitcases

The farmers walk is a great exercises and has always been one of my favorites -- just grab a weight in each hand and start walking. How far you go is up to you, but one thing is always for sure: you can go a lot farther than you think you can since your mind will give out before your body does.

Needless to say, this is a great exercise for building hand strength AND mental toughness.

As far as the weights you can use, a pair of dumbbells is a good choice, as are sandbags, or even some specially made handles which some folks like to use.

If you got a chance to check out some of Brooks Kubiks old Dinosaur Training videos, you saw Brooks performing the Farmers walk with some highly unusual impliments: a pair of 180-pound iron suitcases made by Dr. Ken.

Imagine two pieces of metal each shaped like an " I " with handles welded on top and that's what we are dealing with.

Brooks, the madman that he is, decided to take these little monsters for a walk around the city block in his vid and if you've seen it, you know it is in-tense.

Well, this past weekend I decided to dust off the Suitcases and take em for a spin for the "Farmers Walk" portion of the training dvd we are currently in the middle of shooting.

Let me tell you, they sure havent gotten any lighter over the last 10 years.

Anyhow, give the farmers walk a try if you've never done so, and see how far you make it. Also be on the lookout for more details on the new video.

Train hard,
John Wood

P.S. If you want to learn more about the Farmers Walk and several other great grip exercises, theres two whole chapters on them in Dinosaur Training. If you STILL dont have a copy, do yourself a favor and sprint on over to this page asap: Dinosaur Training

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Welcome to Friday, August 8th, 2008, or 8-8-08. From what I read the number 8 means wealth and prosperity for those who believe in Chinese numerology, so it's only fitting that some very important and amazing things are happening today.

Im sure youve heard that tonight marks the opening of the 2008 Olympics (at 8:08 pm!) and that should be quite a sight to see. One of the favorites to bring home all kinds of gold is Michael Phelps who did most of his preparation for the Olympics at the Canham Natatorium at UM which is not a stones throw from the track when I run.

Now, that's pretty cool...

Today also marks another milestone -- all of our NEW Trap Bar training guides are, as of 8:47 am, packed and in the mail so if you took action, you'll be seeing yours within a few days.

To reiterate, that the training booklet from Al Gerard, the training booklet from Dr. Ken, my "5 x 2" workout special report and a limited edition Strongman training card prototype -- did I say it was Sandow? I thought he would be a good one to start things off with.

It's quite a haul, and if you want in, heres the quickest way NEW Trap Bar Guides

or, if you wanted to talk to Shelby to place an order, here's her number:

I'll be out running a mile today after work and following it up with a quick 4-5 hard sets, maybe some muscle control during opening ceremonies -- should be another great one.

Train hard,
John Wood

P.S. "He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had tried and failed." ~ William James

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Here's What to Look For...

This afternoon we will go pickup one of our new "surprises" from a place here in town and shortly, I will have some more details on exactly when and where they will be ready for you to find out about them.

I dont have a lot of details just yet, but a few things that I will let slip is that they have been a very looooong time coming and one of them is by Dr. Ken...

More soon.

Train hard,
John Wood

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Log Bar Training at Dr. Ken's Place

Thought you might like these -- shots from a recent workout at Dr. Ken Leistner's garage gym. The lifter is Mike Senft, former Princeton University tackle:

Want a Log Bar just like Dr. Ken trains his athletes with? Here's the way: Dr. Ken's Original Log Bar

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Front Squats with Log Bar

Here's a look at one of the ways that the Michigan State Spartans train with Log Bars. The front squat is an excellent option for building leg power (7 foot version shown.) To find out more about how to train with the Log Bar and get a FREE training guide written by Dr. Ken, get your Log Bar here.

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